I would like to correct myself from last week. I want to welcome new members Michael and Shannon Doane. They are the new owners of Glenn’s boat a Catalina 25 on C-dock. Greg and Elaine do not have a boat as of yet. Also like to congratulate Rich and Bobette the proud new parents of 15 chicks. They stayed home to take care of their new environmental pest control. The update on C-dock is that the divers are supposed to go down this week and fix the 3 cables. IF this all goes without a hitch, we will be able to return to your slips. I will let you know for sure later this week. The good thing is we did have water this weekend.
Some of our sailors made it up to the lake on Friday. The winds were a steady 10-15 knots and boats were making it down to the dam in 1 hour time. The day was great with low humidity and that great breeze. In the evening it was pleasant with the cooling temperatures. Somewhere around 9:30 PM there was a little squall that came through. During the night the winds did pick up for a while and there was lightening and a bit of rain. Saturday the day was clear and the winds were still up and no humidity. You couldn’t ask for a better combination. After several boats did projects in the morning, people headed out to enjoy the wind and have a sail. It was a downwind run to the dam. We had quite a fleet head out. The winds was changeable especially as you headed up to Big Island and the Dam. Winds would be anywhere from 5-8 knots then build to 10-12 knots then we would have gusts to 20 knots. Most boats after heading to the dam turned and sailed back to Clambake Cove. We had a hell of a sail. Several boats started to reef in the sails on the way back. I know we had a window washing going on. At one point we were playing loop-de-loop. We rounded up and could not get back on tack. Clambake Cove started to fill up. There was one powerboat there and all of the sudden there were 12 boats in the cove. We set up the volleyball net. Since the water was still high, we had less court to play on. Several sailors went into the woods to gather firewood for the evening. We had a man on a mission to gather the biggest pile ever. Chesley and Steve dug a pit and set up the kindling for the fire. With everything being so dry, they didn’t even need paper to get it to burn. We played our first game at 6 PM. We had a challenge. 2 teams of 4. Team Thanos had a slight disadvantage as they were looking into the sun. It was an intense game. Lots of good volleys but in the end, Team Steve won. The group had a beer and swim break. At 7 PM there was a re-match as the teams switched sides. Team Thanos took an early lead then Team Steve caught up. With game point on the line, the net came crashing down. Draw!.. People then went to the campfire to start cooking. Several people went back to their boats to cook and eat then returned. Rhonda took a jet ski ride and came back with her new best friends Jim and Lynn from the powerboat on A-dock. They joined us for the evening of talking and laughing and enjoying a campfire. Several boats started to return to the marina for the night. We broke out the smore’s for dessert. Nothing like charred marshmallows squished between chocolate and graham crackers. By 10:30 PM people were returning to their boats for the evening. A good time was had by all. The temperature was comfortable and the low humidity made it great sleeping off power. Check out the photos for the Volleyball and Cook-out at the Steele Creek Yacht Club Facebook page ( Thanks Steve and Laura for the great pix’s).
Sunday we woke to a little bit of clouds and a rising humidity. We went to shore to gather up our things and pack up the net. We had to get back to the marina to pick up some guests. Of course by the time we headed back out, the wind died. We motored up to the cove before Kimble Point hoping that there would be wind near Big Island, but that was not the case. So we anchored and went swimming. After about 2-3 hours, we started seeing several sailboats coming up the lake with sails up. By 3 PM, several boats were heading our way with their sails up so we pulled anchor hoping to have a good sail too. We decided to head back towards the marina. The sails were set for a downwind run. We were not making a lot of progress so we tried wing on wing. That helped a bit but then we decided to fly the spinnaker. It was a pretty sight but the winds were light and we were only doing 2.2 knots or less. We did this till about 5:30 PM then pulled in the sail and motored. During the day we noticed a sea plane flying overhead. Then watched as it landed on the lake and pulled up to one of our member’s sailboats. The plane was piloted by one of our sailors. Steve got some great shots of the plane taking off. Well back at the marina by 6PM. What a nice weekend. Ending the day by having dinner at Zerdo’s.
This coming weekend is our July 4th celebration. On Saturday is the Vance County celebration at Satterwhite Point. They shoot off fireworks at 9 PM. The club usually goes down to a cove opposite Satterwhite Point to raft up and watch the fireworks. We will have a Captain’s meeting at 10:30 AM to see who is going to go to the raft-up. There is a lot of traffic on the water and we will be heading back to the marina at night. Please make sure that your anchor and running lights are working, you have life preservers for everyone on board, you have your fire extinguishers, air horn and flares for safety checks. This is one of the largest lake events and Wildlife, Coast Guard and Sheriff boats are out in full force waiting to ticket. This event works best if we raft up largest boats to smallest boats. We will need an anchor boat. We usually head down to Satterwhite by 5 PM, raft-up, swim, cook dinner, socialize and then watch the fireworks. When returning to the marina, we let the powerboats leave then start heading back. We usually return to the marina by 11 PM. Several boats will stay at anchor for the evening. Looking forward to a long and fun filled weekend. For those who will not be attending, have a great 4th of July, we will miss you.